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Palestinian Fatah party ends conference with boost for Abbas
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas tightened his hold on the governing Fatah party and shut out a key rival, according to results Sunday of leadership elections in the movement that has dominated West Bank politics for decades....

Israeli TV journalist becomes a thorn in Netanyahu's side
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JERUSALEM (AP) -- After a series of embarrassing reports about Israel's first family, an investigative journalist has become a particular target of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu....

Turkey: court asked to drop case against Israeli officials
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's state-run news agency says a prosecutor has asked that a case against Israeli military officials accused over the deaths of 10 Turkish activists be dropped, citing a reconciliation pact between Turkey and Israel....

Air pollution becomes Israel-Palestinian wedge issue
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YABED, West Bank (AP) -- For years, residents of central Israel have been complaining about air pollution from Palestinian factories in the nearby West Bank. Now that authorities have finally cracked down, shutting a group of the worst offending charcoal plants in one notorious town, Palestinians complain that hundreds were thrown out of work by their military occupiers....

Israeli media: Police question Netanyahu's wife on spending
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JERUSALEM (AP) -- The wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday underwent hours of police questioning over suspicions that she improperly spent public funds for personal use, Israeli media reported....

AP sources: Obama leans against last-minute action on Israel
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama has nearly ruled out any major last-ditch effort to put pressure on Israel over stalled peace negotiations with the Palestinians, U.S. officials said, indicating Obama will likely avoid one last row with Israel's government as he leaves office....

Lawsuits filed in Chile against Israeli justices for wall
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Two lawsuits have been filed in Chile against three current or former Israeli Supreme Court justices for endorsing the construction of the West Bank separation barrier and the seizure of goods from Palestinians....

Palestinian leader seeks Trump support for independence
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RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- The Palestinian president on Wednesday expressed hope that President-elect Donald Trump will support the Palestinian quest for independence, saying little is known about the incoming American leader's policies....

Syria: Israeli jets strike outside Damascus, no casualties
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Israeli jets fired two missiles from Lebanese airspace toward the outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus early Wednesday, the official Syrian news agency said, in a strike on an unknown target that caused loud explosions....

UN chief: Israeli-Palestinian peace prospects under threat
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Ban Ki-moon, whose 10-year tenure as U.N. secretary-general ends in a month, said Tuesday that the international community must make clear that it remains committed to peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians because the prospects of an agreement are "threatening to slip out of reach."...